Tuesday, December 10, 2019
. "From the Balcony" Frank McGarry As a lad I went to St Mary’s and when I look back at old school photographs I still find it hard to believe that I had around forty class mates. Maybe this is why I...
When I arrived in Bo’ness Public after the Easter holidays in April 1983, my first encounter with the then Headteacher, Cathy Andrews was a rather ‘frosty’ one, on account of me turning up at 8.58 thinking I had a...
I remember being taken to school that sunny Friday morning in 1970.  As I skipped along Braehead wearing my new dress and shoes I was completely unaware I was about to be gripped by a ‘fever’ I would never...
"Hail Smiling Morn" When asked to pen my memories of my involvement in The Fair, I was a bit reluctant.   Where to begin?   Then the line from a song came to me “start at the very beginning.” Of course, I had...
In 1965 Rev Norman Swan came to Bo’ness as Minister of Carriden Church.   Norman Swan loved history and tradition and at the same time was forward thinking and open to new ideas. Talking with Charles Snedden, Provost of Bo’ness...
Bo’ness has a lot of history and one of the most vibrant things that we can never forget is the Bo’ness Fair. For many years the Fair has grown. You would have thought eventually it would die off but...
As I sit down to write this article for the 2015 Bo’ness Children’s Fair Festival, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and everything in the garden is starting to grow. Buds are on the trees and flowers...
What was it like to be a Bo'ness Fair Queen more than 50 years ago? Actually, I can remember it as if it were yesterday! I was the first Fair Queen to be chosen from the new Kinneil Primary...
IN DIRECT contrast to the previous year's cold and damp conditions, the 12th Fairs Cup Over 30's football tournament was held at a glorious sun baked Douglas Park. Bo'ness 2013 with Kinneil Primary School former pupils "A" team once...
ARCH BUILDING has long been a traditional part of the Bo'ness Fair. I would like to share some of my memories of this with you. My father, Charlie Hunter made six arches for the Bo'ness Fair, starting from humble beginnings...

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1978 – What Happened To The Bunnets

Whatever else disappeared because of the Second World War, one tradition which sank out of sight when the Fair was revived was wearing of...